November 21, 2015 1:09:51 am
Dreaded Maoist Gajarala Ashok, secretary of Dandakaranya special zonal committee of the CPI (Maoist), is reported to have informed Telangana police of his intention to surrender after he claimed to have quit the movement. Police did not confirm whether Ashok is in their custody or was yet to surrender.
“He claims to have left the party and intends to come out. But we are yet to see him,’’ a top official said. Accused in many crimes, he carries a reward on his head. Hailing from Chityala of Warangal district, Ashok had been active in Dandakaranya region for over 20 years. He was apparently upset with the leadership after he was demoted over sexual harassment complaints, and was facing some health issues.
Aitu, 42, was said to be responsible for killing of over 55 policemen in Gadchiroli. He was currently moving as member of company 4.
Apart from leading three major police ambushes that killed 47 cops in 2009 and a few others in other encounters, Aitu is believed to have had a hand in the killing of Lloyd Steel vice president Jaspal Singh Dhillon in Gadchiroli in 2013.
Aitu from Warangal district, and his two brothers had joined the movement and became Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) members. His elder brother Vikram served as secretary of Maharashtra state committee of CPI(Maoist). He was killed in a controversial encounter along with his Naxal wife Lalita in 2008. Aitu was the youngest brother. Another brother Ganesh, is still involved in the moment. Aitu’s wife Vanita, a doctor, divorced him in 2013 before quitting the movement, sources added.
Aitu had been facing several charges in the movement including killing of Diwakar, secretary of DKSZC under suspicion that he was trying to flee the movement and was in touch with police, and for sexual misconduct. He was recently said to have been transferred to west Bastar.
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